December 6, 2019

Lay leads the team to victory

Oceania’s long term top seeds, Australia defended their seeding and carried on their legacy to secure their Tokyo 2020 spot. The team led by five-time Oceania Cup champion Jian Fang Lay defeated Fiji in a most emphatic manner, a 3-0 win in Mornington guarantees them a spot in next year Olympics Games. Coming in as the favourite for the competition,

Melissa Tapper and Michelle Bromley gave Australia the ideal start, they accounted for Carolyn Li and Grace Yee in 3 games (11-4,11-4, 11-3) to set the tone of the rest of the finals.

Next up, Oceania legend Jian Fang Lay dominated against Pacific Cup Champion Sally Yee, winning 3-0 (11-2,11-3,11-3). Now 2-0 in the lead, Tapper sealed the deal for Australia, winning the last match in a breeze. She defeated Grace Yee 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-1) to bag the Tokyo 2020 spot for Australia.

“Australia were quite strong favourites coming into the competition against Fiji, but in sport you never know whats going to happen, it can be so unpredictable so for us today it was great to put in a strong performance for Australia and get us through to qualify for that Oceania spot at the Tokyo Olympics next year” – Michelle Bromley

TOKYO2020 SPOT RESERVED!! CONGRATULATIONS to the Australian Women's Team on winning a spot in next year's Olympic Games!! #ITTFOceania #Australia #tabletennis #Tokyo2020 #Olympics

Posted by ITTF-Oceania on Thursday, December 5, 2019

 

With Australian Olympic trials coming up early next year in January, Australia has now guaranteed themselves a teams position as well as two singles spots in the Women’s Singles at next year Olympic games.